Minnesota Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Dec. 7, 2018
District 1 – Baudette area
CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked anglers on Lake of the Woods. Violations encountered included snowmobile and ATV registration display violations as well as angling with extra lines.
CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portions of snowmobile safety classes in Warren and Newfolden, and responded to a call about two buck deer with antlers locked together while stuck in a cattle panel fence.
CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) reports working ATV, muzzleloader deer hunting, trapping, and angling activity on special-regulation lakes throughout the week. Time also was spent handling calls about animals injured during collisions with motor vehicles on area highways and dogs chasing deer.
District 2 – Bemidji area
CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports checking muzzleloader deer hunters this past week. Time also was spent checking ice anglers and small-game hunters.
CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) spent time following up Time was spent during the weekend checking anglers on Upper Red Lake. The bite has been good, and the 20-plus-inch year-class is what everyone is talking about. A few seized walleyes were more than an inch longer than the allowed length. Vollbrecht spoke with anglers about getting an accurate measuring board rather than using self-made notches on ice scoops or coolers. A few frustrated anglers on the lake tried their luck at using three lines each but found out that it wasn’t worth it.
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) and COC Garrett Thomas spent time checking ice anglers on numerous local lakes, issued multiple deer possession permits, backed up local authorities regarding a domestic call, and participated in the Wadena fur registration. Enforcement action was taken for two individuals who had 60 sunfish over their limits.
CO Al Peterson (Osage) reports a complaint about hunting in a closed scientific and natural area with bait was worked. It turned out to be a tribal issue.
CO Angie Warren (Mahnomen) spent time working muzzleloader-hunting activity, with hunters reporting few deer. Area lakes were worked for ice-angling activity. Warren worked with a local high school student for a job shadow day.
CO Bill Landmark (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking ice anglers, muzzleloader hunters, and trapping activity in the Pelican Rapids station. Landmark also assisted the Wildlife Section with fur registration in Detroit Lakes. Several illegal furs were brought in during the registration day.
District 3 – Fergus Falls area
CO Tricia Plautz (Henning) and COC Kyllo report a significant increase in ice-fishing activity on area lakes. They went on foot to a lone ice shelter on a lake and found the lone occupant fishing with four lines. Enforcement action was taken.
CO Shane Osborne (Evansville) reports an ATVer went through the ice on Lake Oscar in Douglas County, and there are lakes with open water across the area.
CO Mitch Lawler (Alexandria) reports that multiple instances of ATVers breaking through the ice in Douglas County have been reported. Citations were issued to anglers for using too many lines, not having a fishing license, and possession of marijuana/paraphernalia. One angler was cited for the sixth time in the past six years for fishing without a license.
CO Brian Holt (Osakis) worked on an ongoing WCA case and assisted the sheriff’s office with an ATVer through the ice on Lake Osakis.
CO Daniel Baumbarger (Glenwood) and COC Goodman report checking ice anglers on area lakes. Fur registration was attended in Glenwood.
District 4 – Walker area
CO Mark Mathy (Cass Lake) primarily checked ice anglers and trappers. Several deer carcass dumping/littering complaints were received and investigated. Open case files from the deer-hunting season were reviewed with the county attorney. Enforcement action was taken for angling and ATV violations.
CO Randy Posner (Staples) checked muzzleloader deer hunters. Violations included insufficient blaze orange and no license in possession. He also worked on complaints about deer carcass dumping and vandalism to “no trespassing” signs on private property.
District 5 – Eveleth area
CO Darrin Kittelson (International Falls) and COC Blong Lor finished their last week of field training. They spent the week checking trappers and helping during fur registration day.
CO John Slatinski (Ray) reports muzzleloader deer hunting in the area has been relatively slow. Several calls for assistance were responded to involving slippery conditions on area roadways. Ice fishing and spearing began this past weekend.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring muzzleloader deer-hunting activities. Area lakes were monitored, with little activity noted. Questions and comments continue to be received regarding the poor deer hunting, and a common question is, “Where are all the deer?”
CO Duke Broughten (Cook) spent the week monitoring trapping, deer-hunting, and angling activity. Few trappers were observed taking to the woods.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked muzzleloader deer season, which included working the special state park hunt, fisher, marten, and bobcat trappers, registering furs, investigating a deer-dumping and wanton waste case, and following up on open deer-season cases.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked trapping activities and assisted DNR Wildlife with fur tagging in Eveleth. A few fish houses have been showing up on area lakes.
District 6 – Two Harbors area
CO Sean Williams (Ely) assisted the St. Louis County Rescue Squad with the recovery of a missing person near Isabella. The missing person’s vehicle had been located by CO Anthony Bermel, and after a short search of the area by both the St. Louis County Rescue Squad and Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the person was located and recovered.
CO Mary Manning (Hovland) worked the fisher/marten trapping season and assisted DNR Wildlife with fur registration.
CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) worked mainly trapping enforcement and followed up on deer season cases. Fur was registered in Tower along with DNR Wildlife personnel and CO Hopkins. Enforcement action was taken for an illegal trap set, untagged deer, unlawful party hunting, failure to validate a deer tag, and failure to register deer as required.
CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) spent the week checking trappers and anglers. Wildlife-related calls were handled. Enforcement action was taken for trapping violations.
CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) worked fishing and trapping activity during the week. Murray also assisted with a youth snowmobile safety class and a fur registration station. Bough harvest checks continued, and nuisance-animal complaints were handled.
District 7 – Grand Rapids area
CO Randy Patten (Northome) checked muzzleloader hunters, trappers, and anglers, and issued possession permits for several car-killed deer.
CO Jayson Hansen (Bigfork) reports finishing up training with COC Nathan Benkofske, who will be stationed in Milaca. Time was spent working small-game and muzzleloader hunters, as well as anglers. Time also was spent working alongside DNR Wildlife staff during fur registration in Effie. This will be the last year in Effie, so trappers will have to go to a neighboring office to get their fur tagged.
CO Thomas Sutherland (Grand Rapids) and COC Taylor Hochstein focused on trapping enforcement throughout the week. TIP complaints from the firearms deer season continue to be investigated. Several possession permits were given out for road-killed deer.
CO Mike Fairbanks (Deer River) checked anglers, worked trapping activity, and assisted the county with a person being held against her will and a burglary in progress.
District 8 – Duluth area
CO Jacob Willis (Brookston) patrolled the station for muzzleloader hunting and trapping activity. Small-game hunters were seen in the field as well. Trespassing issues are being investigated, and enforcement action was taken for violations during the Jay Cooke State Park special hunt.
CO Kipp Duncan (Duluth) and COC Leah Kampa continued to patrol and monitor trapping. Time was spent checking small-game hunters, anglers fishing on Lake Superior, and monitoring fur registration. Deer possession permits were issued throughout the week, and enforcement action was taken for hunting deer over bait and Lynx Management Zone violations.
CO Jeff Humphrey (Cromwell) followed up on firearms deer season cases and worked muzzleloader deer-hunting activity. Anglers were checked, with ice conditions reportedly improving daily.
CO Scott Staples (Carlton) conducted training with K9 Schody and worked trapping activity in the area. Assistance was given to the Wildlife Section at fur registration in Cloquet, where several pine martens and fishers were brought in to be registered. One person is under investigation for possibly taking a fisher out of season.
Lake Superior Marine Unit
CO Keith Olson (Lake Superior Marine Unit) checked ice anglers in the Duluth area. More than 35 anglers had to be rescued from a floating chunk of ice in Superior Bay. The Duluth Fire Department did a great job in the rescue. Olson also patrolled Jay Cooke State Park for the special muzzleloader hunt and responded to a report about an injured bear in the Hermantown area.
CO Matt Miller (Lake Superior Marine Unit) worked early ice anglers with COC Tony Elwell. A good walleye bite was occurring in the Duluth Harbor before ice broke away from shore, leading to many anglers catching a ride in Duluth Fire Department boats to get back to shore.
District 9 – Brainerd area
CO Chelsey Best (Crosslake) checked ice anglers this past week. CO Best also handled calls from trappers reporting incidental catches, as well as general wildlife complaints.
CO Patrick McGowan (Pine River) continued field training with a conservation officer candidate. The officers worked big-game hunting, ice angling, and ATV enforcement and followed up on many other complaints. Enforcement action was taken for failure to register deer, possessing deer without possession permits, illegal-length northern pike, ice shelter license violations, and trespassing.
CO Tim Collette (Brainerd) reports time was spent monitoring the special muzzleloader hunt at Crow Wing State Park and handling a complaint about a dog chasing deer.
CO Scott Fitzgerald (CCSRA) reports finishing training with COC Jacqueline Hughes. They took a call about an injured animal but were unable to locate the animal. They also investigated a nuisance-turkey complaint. The officers observed a traffic violation. The driver was stopped, and enforcement action was taken.
District 10 – Mille Lacs area
CO Dan Starr (Onamia) worked spearfishing and other fishing activities. A bobcat permit was issued to a caller who found a large tom bobcat hit and killed on a highway.
CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) and COC Jacob Swedberg spent a lot of time checking ice anglers as ice conditions on many area lakes were sufficient to handle ATV traffic. Citations were written to anglers for possession of controlled substances and operating unregistered ATVs.
CO Luke Croatt (Wealthwood) checked fishing and hunting activity during the week and weekend. Several calls involving big- and small-game violations were investigated. Weather conditions are still making the ice unpredictable, so use caution when venturing out.
District 11 – St. Cloud area
CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) assisted a hunter who had accidentally used his bonus tag on a buck during the muzzleloader season. The CO also finished up a litter case involving garbage dumped on a wildlife management area. The suspect was located, and a citation was issued. A call about deer carcasses dumped in the road ditch was followed up on, and a call about a landowner dumping his yard waste on the ice is being investigated.
CO Caleb Silgjord (Sauk Centre) spent time during the week checking anglers and monitoring deer-hunting activity in the station. A call regarding a stranded deer on Big Birch Lake was fielded. The deer became exhausted while trying to gain traction on the ice. Upon Silgjord’s arrival, two area residents were helping the exhausted deer get to shore. Silgjord assisted with the effort, and after a couple of unsuccessful attempts, the deer was removed from the slippery ice. After a little time, the deer regained its composure and headed off into a swamp.
CO Keith Bertram (Long Prairie) reports walking up to a fish house one night, knocking on the door, and stating he was a CO. A voice from inside the house said, “OK, you got me.” The angler quickly opened the door, invited Bertram in, and showed the CO his extra line without Bertram saying another word. The angler said he never thought a CO would walk across the lake on a cold, windy night to check one fish house. He thanked Bertram for the citation he received.
District 12 – Princeton area
CO Mike Krauel (Mora) spent the week checking anglers and following up on deer-hunting cases. Krauel also spent time working on trespass complaints. Enforcement action was taken for possession of marijuana, no angling license in possession, using a motor vehicle in a closed area of the state forest, and expired registration.
CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) followed up on several TIP calls and calls about injured animals. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license and keeping illegal-length fish.
District 13 – West Metro area
CO James Fogarty (Prior Lake) checked ice anglers and archery and muzzleloader deer hunters. Fogarty talked to two ice anglers who were found to not have fishing licenses. He also took a report about a muzzleloader deer hunter shooting from the roadway. The hunter said he did not know where the right of way ended and thought the side of the road was good enough.
CO Tim Maass (Osseo) assisted with the investigation of case involving a deer illegally taken in Colorado. Maass also investigated a trespassing complaint.
CO Arnaud Kpachavi (Mound) worked primarily deer-hunting activity during the week. He checked hunters, responded to complaints, and continued to follow up on previous investigations. Enforcement action was taken for illegal transport of zebra mussels.
CO Brent Grewe (Minnetonka) spent the week monitoring ice conditions, checking anglers, and training with K9 Shelby.
CO Alexander Birdsall (Waconia) reports many anglers venturing out onto the ice. Ice conditions are unstable so please exercise caution when going onto the ice.
District 14 – East Metro area
CO Tony Salzer (Ham Lake) patrolled Anoka County for hunting and trapping activity. Salzer also patrolled Carlos Avery WMA for hunting and other activities.
CO Scott Arntzen (Forest Lake) spent time investigating TIP calls involving big-game violations. Arntzen also checked ice anglers, deer hunters, and pheasant hunters.
CO Luke Gutzwiller (White Bear Lake) reports enforcement action was taken for speeding in the Carlos Avery WMA, trapping without a license, affixing a tag to a carcass not personally taken, and unlawful possession/transportation of a pine marten.
CO Joe Kulhanek (Hastings) spent the week monitoring waterfowl hunters in the area. Enforcement action was taken for trespassing, failure to validate a deer tag, failure to tend traps, and waterfowl-hunting violations.
District 15 – Marshall area
CO Craig Miska (Ortonville) monitored archery deer, pheasant, and muzzleloader deer hunting during the week. Assistance was given with snowmobile safety classes in Appleton and Benson.
CO Jim Robinson (Slayton) spent the week working hunters and conducting investigations. A lost hunter was reported in Murray County, but the hunter was located before search plans were put in place.
District 16 – New Ulm area
CO Shane Vernier (Willmar) followed up on a shooting-from-the-road complaint and assisted the State Patrol with a crash with injuries.
CO Nicholas Klehr (Litchfield) spent time during the week checking pheasant hunters as well as muzzleloader and archery deer hunters. Other time was used to follow up on TIP calls regarding the lending and borrowing of deer licenses, possible deer-feeding ban violations, and trapping activity.
CO Thor Nelson (New Ulm) received calls regarding law clarifications, suspected fish overlimits, and illegal burning. He also fielded ice-fishing complaints and assisted a neighboring CO with trespassing and lending/borrowing violations.
District 17 – Mankato area
CO Corey Wiebusch (Mankato) finished field training with CO Tony Flerlage. They assisted Martin County deputies with a snowmobile crash involving a 4-year-old child. The snowmobile was left idling, unattended, when the child got on and crashed into a house.
District 18 – Rochester area
CO Brittany Hauser (Red Wing) spent the week patrolling for muzzleloader activity. A baiting complaint was received and a trespass complaint was investigated. While patrolling a forested area, a stolen vehicle was discovered in a popular hunting area. With the help of the Red Wing Police Department and the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, the occupant of the vehicle was placed under arrest for possessing stolen property and for outstanding warrants. The officers tracked down an individual who was presumed to be a second occupant of the stolen vehicle. This individual was seen walking toward a parking area with a rifle in tow. The second individual was placed under arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Charges against both individuals are pending.
CO Joel Heyn (Plainview) worked mainly waterfowl hunters during the week. Heyn also worked with other officers and assisted Wisconsin with hunters in a closed area on the river.
CO Phil George (Rochester) and COC Tyler Ramaker investigated a hunter who transported a deer head out of Permit Area 603 before receiving a negative test result for CWD. The deer ultimately tested positive for CWD but the hunter had already taken the head to a taxidermist outside of the restricted area. The hunter was cited, and the deer was destroyed.